When Harry S. Truman left the Oval Office in January 1953, nuclear weapons were America’s first line of defense. This dependence on nuclear weapons was not intended and was not a foregone conclusion with the coming of either the cold war or the nuclear age. Rather, it was the logical outcome of Truman’s policies and practices since the first nuclear explosion in the summer of 1945.
KeywordsNuclear Weapon Deterrent Effect Defense Policy Defense Budget National Security Council
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